Maintenance works at two of Tasmania’s most distinctive heritage landmarks, The Shot Tower and Richmond Gaol Historic Site, have been completed to ensure the historic sites can be explored for generations to come.
The works funded through Tasmanian Government Public Building Maintenance economic stimulus package have been completed ahead of the busy summer season.
The works at both sites had been sensitively undertaken to ensure the sites could be preserved and to protect the historic buildings from weather and deterioration.
The roof was replaced at the Shot Tower with additional work undertaken on the pedestrian entry bridge. External heritage features such as windows and fascia boards were also repainted.
The roof was also replaced at Richmond Gaol with additional maintenance carried out on the buildings.
The replacement roofing at Richmond Gaol will protect the convict-built sandstone block buildings, which were constructed between 1825 and 1840, and provide better amenity for visitors to the historic gaol.
The upgrade will ensure that the gaol buildings remain available to the public to interpret the rich history of the colonial era and early Tasmanian heritage.
Preservation of Tasmania’s past was also achieved through the works at The Shot Tower, also constructed in the 1800s.
The Shot Tower, the first built in Australia, demonstrates a high degree of technical skill and achievement, both as a structure in its own right and as a structure specifically created for the craft of shot making.
The building has endured for 150 years and with these important maintenance upgrades it will continue to provide a link to Tasmania’s past.